Dabbling in Monochrome
Some time ago a friend of mine got into this fun Facebook challenge called the Black & White Challenge, wherein the one challenged would have to post 1 black and white photo per day for 5 days, all in the name of fun.
For the challenge’s first day, I took the above picture from the quay in a seaside restaurant in Bacolod City. We were waiting for our dinner to be served when I noticed the lightning over yonder, so I took the chance to shoot and see what comes out, and this was the best I could get under the circumstances.
On the second day, I chose this photo from the famous The Ruins in Talisay City, Negros Occidental. This mansion was the home of a prominent family set in the middle of a sugarcane field in the 1900’s, but was burned down during World War II.
For me, it was a challenge because as a relative beginner to photography, I still don’t know how to properly compose pictures, and I don’t have that many pictures to choose from. Add to that, I don’t have much experience converting photos to black and white, so this was a learning challenge for me.
When the challenge ended, I was exhausted from trying to find a picture that was somehow good enough to convert to black and white. This was only 5 pictures, yet I was drained. Mad props goes out to the people who have made photography their life’s work, who make a living out of it. It’s not an easy job, and I salute you for it.